Homestay is the preferred option for international students under the age of 18 years according to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral care of International students.

What is homestay?

Homestay is living with a local family in a private home. Your homestay family will help you to settle into life in New Zealand, help you improve your conversational English and learn about New Zealand culture. You will receive your own bedroom complete with a bed, desk/table and lamp, drawers and cupboard space to store your personal items and three meals per day, seven days per week. You are expected to keep your room clean and tidy and help with other household duties as if you were one of the family. Homestays are usually located within 30 minutes travel time from the University campus.

Homestay costs

The cost of Homestay accommodation is NZ $266 a week, inclusive of food, power, laundry and in most homes, unlimited Broadband (some homes might still be on a plan and request a contribution) but exclusive of phone and transport costs.

A non-refundable Homestay Placement Fee of NZ$330 and the first four weeks of Homestay fees (NZ$1,064) must be paid before a Homestay placement can be made.

Students need to submit an International Homestay Application Form at least 3 weeks prior to your arrival in New Zealand.

Read more about the cost of living in New Zealand.

Students aged under 18 years wishing to live with a ‘Designated Caregiver’

Students aged Under 18 years wishing to live with a ‘Designated Caregiver’ (family member or close family friend) located in Hamilton will need to ask their parent/guardian to complete the Indemnity Section of the Off-Campus Accommodation Form.

Under the Ministry of Education Code of Practice, the University is required to visit the home to determine that a safe physical and emotional environment will be provided that meets the requirements of the Code. If the University of Waikato deems the accommodation to be unsuitable, the University retains the right to refuse enrolment to the student until suitable replacement accommodation can be found.  A non-refundable fee is payable for this assessment.

Contact us

Our team can arrange for you to live in a Homestay, for more information please email or phone +64 7 858 5621.

Please note: Placements are made for ‘single’/‘individual’ students only – not couples or families.